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Mafra, Paulo; Lima, Nelson; Carvalho, Graça S. – Journal of Biological Education, 2015
Experimental science activities in primary school enable important cross-curricular learning. In this study, experimental activities on microbiology were carried out by 16 pupils in a Portuguese grade-4 classroom (9-10?years old) and were focused on two problem-questions related to microbiology and health: (1) do your teeth carry microbes? (2) why…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Dental Health, Health Education
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Fonseca, Maria Joao; Franco, Nuno H.; Brosseron, Francis; Tavares, Fernando; Olsson, I. Anna S.; Borlido-Santos, Julio – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
The instructional use of animals is a popular strategy to engage students with science, enhance their motivation, and promote values such as respect, tolerance, and empathy for all living beings. Although these beneficial outcomes are widely acknowledged, research has not provided reliable indicators of their efficiency. Therefore, it is essential…
Descriptors: Evidence, Animals, Student Attitudes, Empathy
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Boersma, Kerst; Waarlo, Arend Jan; Klaassen, Kees – Journal of Biological Education, 2011
Systems thinking in biology education is an up and coming research topic, as yet with contrasting feasibility claims. In biology education systems thinking can be understood as thinking backward and forward between concrete biological objects and processes and systems models representing systems theoretical characteristics. Some studies claim that…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Measures (Individuals), Elementary School Students, Grade 3
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Tomkins, Stephen; Tunnicliffe, Sue Dale – Journal of Biological Education, 2007
Primary school pupils in the UK today may be less familiar with natural objects, less exposed to formal natural history teaching and have less time given to school-based observation and discussion of natural objects. This study of children's responses to a "Nature Table" of displayed natural objects was designed to assess pupils'…
Descriptors: Photography, Familiarity, Students, Observation
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Torkar, Gregor; Bajd, Barbara – Journal of Biological Education, 2006
This article explores trainee teachers' conceptions and ideas about endangered bird species and their protection. The study involved 191 students majoring in kindergarten education, primary school natural science or secondary school biology education at the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Education, Slovenia. Data analyses showed that the…
Descriptors: Animals, Biology, Natural Sciences, Foreign Countries
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Grotzer, Tina A.; Basca, Belinda Bell – Journal of Biological Education, 2003
Students have difficulty understanding ecosystem concepts. This article argues that the difficulty stems partly from not grasping the underlying causality that structures the concepts. We report on an intervention study designed to teach eight- and nine-year-olds to reason about domino, cyclic, and mutual causality by infusing causally focused…
Descriptors: Middle Class, Ecology, Grade 3, Intervention